August 15, 2022

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Endangering civilians: Amnesty criticizes Ukrainian military

Status: 08/05/2022 02:19 am

According to human rights organization Amnesty, the Ukrainian military has sometimes entrenched itself in schools and hospitals – putting its own people at risk. This is a “violation of international humanitarian law”.

Amnesty International has accused the Ukrainian military of unnecessarily endangering civilians with its military tactics. “Repeatedly soldiers were driven from residential areas. The Human rights organizations have had their own investigations into this in the war zone carried out.

The Ukrainian action is a “violation of international humanitarian law” that is not justified by a “Russian war of aggression in violation of international law.”

Military posts in schools and hospitals

Amnesty experts said they found evidence of Ukrainian armed forces firing from residential areas and military positions in 19 towns and cities between April and June in areas around Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine and Kharkiv and Donbass in eastern Ukraine. and hospitals.

Agnes Callamard, Amnesty’s secretary-general, said the Ukrainian military had documented a pattern of endangering civilians and violating martial law. Amnesty quoted a local resident as saying, “We are not allowed to comment on the army’s decisions, but we are paying the price.”

However, Russia should not bomb hospitals

However, the organization also clarified that Ukrainian security tactics “in no way” justify “indiscriminate attacks by the Russian military with civilian casualties.” The human rights organization has described Russia’s attacks as “war crimes”.

However, the organization stressed that the fact that Ukraine is defending itself against a Russian war of aggression does not absolve the country’s military of its “obligation to comply with international law.”

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Alternate locations

According to Amnesty’s report, most of the documented settlement operations involved alternative locations such as military bases or dense forests. And despite the risk of retaliatory Russian attacks, the military did not order the evacuation of civilians.

According to its own statements, Amnesty asked the Ukrainian Defense Ministry for a report on the allegations on July 29. However, there was no response till the information was published today.

Kiev calls the accusations “unjustified”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has strongly denied Amnesty International’s accusations. The human rights group is “trying to shift the responsibility from the aggressor to the victim,” he says during an evening video address. “Those who give amnesty to Russia and artificially create an information environment in which certain terrorist attacks are said to be justified or understandable should not ignore the fact that they are thereby aiding terrorists. When such manipulative reports emerge, they share responsibility for the deaths of people. .”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also expressed “outrage” at the “unjustified” accusations. On his Facebook page, Kuleba accused the country of “creating a false balance between oppressors and victims, between a country that destroys thousands of civilians, cities and territories, and a country that defends itself.”

Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, stressed that the Ukrainian army was taking all measures to save lives and bring civilians to safe areas. “The only thing threatening Ukrainians is the Russian army,” he wrote on Twitter.